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Pediatricians Take on Bullies

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) wants doctors to take an active role in preventing bullying in schools and violence among dating teenagers. An updated policy, published in the July 2009 issue of Pediatrics, gives pediatricians tips for doing that.

Doctors should tell parents to talk to their children about bullying, teach children how to resolve conflicts and promote respectful relationships in dating, the policy says. It also suggests doctors volunteer to talk about the topics at schools, churches and youth organizations.

This is the first time the AAP has addressed the issue in detail.

“Violence is a public health problem that needs to be dealt with in the context of health care,” said Dr. Joseph Wright of Children’s National Medical Center in Washington. Wright heads the academy’s violence prevention committee and helped write the recommendations.

Studies suggest children’s early home life, if stimulating and emotionally supportive, can protect them from being victims of bullying later in life, Wright said.

“Having meals with your child, watching television with your child” are among ideas that doctors can share with parents at “every single visit between birth and age 21,” Wright said.

The policy also says a European program that emphasizes the role of bystanders in preventing bullying in schools could be a good model for prevention efforts in the U.S.

Dr. Robert Sege of Boston Medical Center, who also helped write the policy update, said the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program teaches children that bullies are kids with problems and bystanders can protect victims. Schools that use the program teach children “we take care of our own,” Sege said. Kids learn “even if you have freckles or wear glasses, it’s our job to include you in the social environment.”

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